Last month, after BMW introduced a stretched version of its 3-series in China also saw its sales for last month outgrow those of Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen AG’s Audi in China.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world’s largest premium automaker, saw for the month of July its China brand vehicle deliveries rise 39% to 32,194 units, according to a statement issued by the company on Thursday.
On the other hand Mercedes earlier this month reported sales rose 31% to 18,530 units, the best sales gain in more than a year in the country, and Audi, which counts Hong Kong in its China numbers, said it also sold 27% more vehicles to reach a total of 41,766 units.
BMW is now advancing predictions that China will probably surpass the U.S. as its top market this year, with the brand reaching more and more customers with its 3-series and 5-series stretched sedans. In the mean time, the Munich automaker is still trailing Audi on the overall volume sales in China, although it outgrew its competitor for at least three years.
With deliveries of 269,905 units in the first seven months Audi is on trail to retain its top spot as the best-selling premium brand in China and wants to reach a total of 450,000 vehicles sold this year.
Mercedes on the other hand last months numbers follow the reorganization of its distribution network in March and the introduction of the A-class hatchback in April. Also, for the first time, the Stuttgart Company appointed last year an executive to the group management board to oversee operations in China.